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12th June 2024

What to wear hiking in the UK

When the sun is shining, many of us are keen to get out in nature. Hiking on a beautiful summer’s day is an activity enjoyed across the country.

Getting outdoors can have great physical and mental benefits, but this activity must be done safely. The key to a successful hike is preparation.

Let’s take a look at what to wear hiking, and the essential items you should pack to be safe and well prepared.


Things to consider

What to wear hiking or on a long walk largely depends on the weather conditions, and in the UK, this can be quite the challenge to prepare for! Some major factors to consider when deciding on your dress code are:

  • Amount of storage available e.g. backpack size
  • Weather forecast and potential changes
  • Access to suitable clothing
  • Length of the walk
  • Personal comfort
  • Type of terrain


What to wear hiking

If you are new to hiking, or are hiking in an unfamiliar place, it is always best to “overprepared” than underprepared. As we know, weather in the UK can change quickly, so you should be prepared for all types of weather. When the weather is hot, we can easily forget to protect our skin, or prepare for wind, rain, and colder evening weather.

what to wear hikingThe following list covers suitable hiking clothing for year round walks, you can adapt this list to suit your needs, and the time of year.

  • Suitable footwear such as hiking boots
  • A waterproof layer like a jacket – incase of rain and temperature changes
  • Base layer – so you can remove outer layers with weather changes
  • Fleece layer – it is a good idea to carry some sort of insulated layer
  • Thick socks designed for walking / walking boots
  • A hat or cap – for cold or warm weather
  • Adjustable trousers – can be folded into shorts where necessary
  • Sunglasses – suitable for all weather types
  • Gloves – this could be winter gloves or gloves to reduce the risk of scrapes should a fall occur



What to bring on a hike

Now that we have established the best clothing to wear, we also need to consider what we need to bring to be sufficiently prepared for a hike. Let’s start with a sizeable backpack or rucksack.

If you are going on a long hike, or hiking up a mountain, such as Snowdon, you will need more supplies than if you’re taking a casual hike. Here are some suggestions for your next hike:what to wear hiking

  • Hypothermia prevention blanket or poncho
  • Water bottle and sufficient water
  • Food – pack good quality snacks that will provide energy
  • Spare clothing – prepare for all weather types
  • Waterproof cover for bag – incase of extremely wet weather
  • First aid kit – items such as medicine, antiseptic products, plasters
  • Skin products – sun cream, after sun and insect repellent products
  • Map and compass – important if your phone dies or signal is poor
  • Mobile phone and power bank – to call for assistance and use for maps
  • Whistle and light – to attract attention if necessary
  • Something to rest on – such as a mat or blanket
  • Money – carrying cash in case of emergencies

There are more things you can carry for extra peace of mind, that may not be considered “essential”. Items such as multi-tools, walking poles, fitness, watches, and survival products. You may also want to bring a camera for those impressive views!


Why you should prepare for hypothermia

In the packing list above, we recommended packing a hypothermia prevention blanket or poncho, and you may be wondering why this is. The answer is simple, hypothermia can develop anywhere, at any time. Rain or shine, hypothermia can develop in accidents and trauma situations.

If you are on a hike, there is risk of accidental injury, or adverse weather. It is important to remember that weather can change quickly, and temperatures can plummet. In these cases, hypothermia becomes a more prevalent risk. This is why hypothermia prevention products are carried by first responders, as well as search & rescue teams.

Watch the video below to see how hypothermia blankets are used in the case of an injured hiker.

Read more from us

We hope this article was insightful, and gave you some ideas of what to wear, and what to pack for your next hike!

If you liked this post, you may also like: How long does it take to climb Snowdon | Why foil blankets don’t work | Interesting facts about hypothermia

If you would like to know more about our hypothermia prevention products, you can contact us with any queries.

Categories: Emergency

Tags: emergency, emergency blanket, hiker, hiking, hypothermia, hypothermia prevention, outdoor activity, outdoors, walking

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